Whose Nostalgia? Differentiation in German television’s audience address

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    Nostalgia is often examined as an element of the text (Jameson 1991). In this contribution, I argue that texts offer a number of spectator positions which can be perceived as nostalgic if the viewer has accumulated certain life experiences that render them so. Examining Babylon Berlin (2018-present), I argue that the programme offers a spectator position that can look at its Weimar of 1929 anxiously and nostalgically. This is a spectator position that assumes a viewer who is likely to be from the former West and who likely is younger than 55 years of age.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)307-313
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Popular Television
    Issue number3
    Early online date1 Oct 2021
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


    • nostalgia
    • Television drama
    • television studies
    • Babylon Berlin
    • German television
    • Ostalgie
    • Multi-platform television
    • Nostalgia
    • Spectator position


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